Ideal Reflection Medical Spa uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) a light-based technology that reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sun damage, pigmentation spots, rosacea and redness, symptoms of acne or even unpleasant hair.
IPL is the gold standard for skin rejuvenation, discover a younger looking face and smoother looking skin in just minutes without experiencing any pain. IPL is an FDA-cleared, patented technology provides dramatic results for a variety of benign conditions, including age spots, sun-induced freckles, symptoms of rosacea, birthmarks, unsightly veins, acne scarring and other blemishes — even unwanted hair.
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a non-invasive, non-ablative skin care treatment that utilizes pulses of high intensity visible light to improve the appearance of various skin conditions. IPL skin treatments using the photo rejuvenation process represent a breakthrough in age-defying skin care. This popular technique treats skin damage non-invasively — there is no disruption of the skin’s epidermal surface. IPL treatments address the effects of photo-aging and sun damage with low risk of complications and no recovery time.
IPL vs. LASERS
What makes IPL different from laser is that it directs a broad-spectrum high intensity light pulse on the skin instead of a more invasive, precisely calibrated laser beam set on a narrower, specific wavelength. In other words, IPL operates on a wider range of wavelengths and thus, one IPL machine can treat more than one condition, using special filters to remove unwanted wavelengths and keep only those required for the specific skin concern being addressed.
Intense pulse light can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production. This allows the skin to appear firmer and smoother.
Hyperpigmentation is a patch of skin that has become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin colour, forms deposits in the skin. We refer to hyperpigmentation as age spots, liver spots, freckles, sun spots.
A person might experience hyperpigmentation on their face or body for a number of reasons, including hormones, medication, skin disease, photo damage or even the natural aging process, consider IPL for hyperpigmentation treatment.
IPL helps to neutralize areas of hyperpigmentation while minimizing any damage caused to the surrounding tissue. Enjoy a much more even, youthful skin tone.
Intense pulse light has proved effective in reducing the look of broken capillaries (spider veins). The application of IPL frequencies generate heat which causes the blood inside the vessel walls to coagulate resulting in their collapse and sealing. Over a period of weeks, the spider vein becomes invisible as it is absorbed by the body. The surrounding tissue remains unscarred and undamaged.
Acne is a daily challenge for many people who suffer its discomfort around the world. Light based technology has created a revolution in the treatment of Acne. The treatments are short, effective and painless.
Acne Rosacea is a common skin condition generally characterized by redness in the cheek, nose, and mid face areas. Rosacea causes a flushing of the face which can eventually leave permanently enlarged visible red blood vessels and capillaries.
IPL treatments have proved to very effective in closing down the enlarged blood vessels which cause the red-faced appearance in patients with Acne Rosacea.
Intense pulse light is an effective, safe method of removing unwanted hair and can be used safely to treat most parts of the body. Compared with methods such as electrolysis and waxing, IPL hair removal is an effective form of permanent hair reduction that is nearly pain free for most people. Back treatments using IPL can be done in as little as 30 minutes and most other areas generally require less time. The number of sessions required to sustain permanent hair reduction varies based on the density of hair being treated and growth.
In most cases, no visible reaction will be observed and you can resume normal activities immediately after your treatment. However, the Sheerwave® IPL 360 does dissipate heat to the targeted tissues and it is entirely normal that the area be slightly red or slightly swollen immediately after the treatment. These symptoms should quickly dissipate within one hour of your treatment. It is possible that these symptoms may persist up to 24 hours after your treatment. If they continue to be visible after 48 hours, it is important to contact your technician for further analysis.
F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)
All individuals with photo types I to III are eligible to receive Sheerwave® IPL 360 treatments. It is Not Advised for individuals with photo types IV to VI. To find out if you are a candidate to receive treatments with the Sheerwave® IPL 360, please contact us for a consultation.
Permanent hair reduction:
Depending on your hair type and the area to be treated, 5 to 8 treatments with a 3 to 6 week interval.
The number of sessions required will depend on the treatment chosen, the size of the area to be treated and your photo type. Some skin conditions will require a follow-up maintenance treatment in order to achieve the desired results.
- Toning and texture (wrinkles and fine lines, pores, scars, etc.): 2 to 4 treatments are generally recommended with a 4 to 6-week interval.
- Vascular lesions (redness, telangiectasia, etc.): 2 to 6 treatments are generally recommended with a 2 to 6-week interval.
- Pigmentation (pigment spots, freckles, birthmarks, etc.): 2 to 6 treatments are generally recommended with a 4 to 6-week interval.
Acne: 2 to 6 treatments are generally recommended with a 1 to 3 week interval.
A bright flash is emitted, and a slight heat is dissipated. The Sheerwave® IPL 360 technology concentrates most of its energy beyond the cutaneous nerve endings thus significantly reducing the heat generated during the treatment. With its integrated cooling system, each treatment with the Sheerwave® IPL 360 turns into a comfortable, pain-free experience.
Before the treatment:
Exposure to the sun and tanning:
No treatment with the Sheerwave® IPL 360 can be performed if you have been exposed to UVs (sun, tanning booth) 4 to 6 weeks before your treatment. If you have a tan with a self-tanning product, a 2-week waiting period will be required before you receive your Sheerwave® IPL 360 treatment.
Bleaching cream, depilatory cream, AHA cream, chemical peel:
These products should not be used at least 2 weeks before your treatment with the Sheerwave® IPL 360.
During the treatment:
During your first visit, a full consultation will be conducted to ensure that you have no contraindications for any Sheerwave® IPL 360 treatments. To ensure the appropriate parameter settings of the Sheerwave® IPL 360, the clinician will evaluate the client’s skin and skin color along with the area(s) to be treated.
The Clinician will clean the area to be treated and apply a cooling gel. Protective glasses will be worn in order to protect both client and technician from the flashes coming from the Sheerwave® IPL 360. The Sheerwave® IPL 360 handpiece will be placed over the area to be treated and a series of flashes will be triggered with a minimum of 0.5 seconds between each flash. Once the treatment is completed, the gel will be wiped off and the technician will apply any after treatment creams including a sun protection.
For permanent hair reduction treatment, you will have to shave the areas to be treated 24 hours before the treatment. For blond or white hair, the technician will perform a waxing before the treatment.